Petrochemicals: An In-Depth Introduction

Virtual: 3 – 5th September 2024 | Start Time: 9.00AM New York / 2.00PM London / 6.00PM UAE

Course Overview

The Petrochemicals: An In-Depth Introduction Virtual Training Course is one of the most sought-after courses in our training portfolio, delivered by highly experienced industry experts. It is designed to give attendees a comprehensive background to the driving forces and products of the industry and offers a blend of commercial and technical aspects of the industry.

After attending the Petrochemicals Training Course, you will gain a 360-degree comprehensive overview of petrochemical markets, learn about trade flows, and have a close look at regional dynamics, pricing, and major factors driving the industry.

This training course will help you to understand the dynamics and key drivers of the petrochemical industry. It is equally suited for those who are new to the industry and for seasoned, advanced delegates who need to know all about petrochemical industry and its driving forces. The course covers the seven building block of petrochemicals, and the vitally important links to upstream and downstream markets, to refining, oil and gas.

4 Modules across 3 days (Virtual Course)

The Petrochemicals Training Course is delivered across four days and divided into four modules. Each module tackles the pillars of the petrochemical industry starting from the building blocks leading to the factors that shape the future direction of the market. The modules are designed to focus on specific themes such as feedstocks, basic derivatives, market trends and more.

  • Module #1 (day one): Industry fundamentals and petrochemical building blocks
    In this module, the trainers will dive deeper into raw materials that are used to make petrochemicals and the basics of olefins, polymers and their derivatives.
  • Module #2 (day two): Aromatics, Oil and Gas
    In this module you will look in detail at the intermediates and products derived from aromatics and the relationship between oil and gas and petrochemicals.
  • Module #3 (day three): Understanding pricing and cost drivers
    This module examines the key petrochemical market trends and factors that are affecting the price of petrochemicals, business drivers in the energy transition and industry challenges.
  • Module #4 (day three): Looking into factors that are shaping the future of the petrochemicals industry
    Driven by our customers’ feedback and defining trends today, module #4 includes new additions such as the impact of inflation, the new China and sustainability in the future of petrochemicals.

Who should attend?

The Petrochemicals Training Course is suitable to all levels working in areas such as:

  • Upstream Producers and Oil & Gas Refineries
  • End Users (FMCGs, Brand Owners etc)
  • Plastic Converters
  • Financial Sector

Course fees

Virtual – $1,800 (+UK VAT at 20% if applicable)*

3 – 5th September 2024 | 9.00AM New York / 2.00PM London / 6.00PM UAE (Americas/EMEA/GST)

*NB: Please enter your VAT number (or local equivalent) on our payment page, otherwise UK VAT at 20% will be applied. Customers based in the UK will be charged UK VAT at 20% whether or not a VAT number is provided.

For group bookings of three or more please contact us:

Nicol Lange
Tel: +44 20 7911 1393

What to expect in the virtual training?

  • Fully digital platform

All sessions will be accessed virtually from your computer, tablet or mobile, giving you the flexibility of taking the course at your chosen location and device.

  • Live and interactive sessions

Understanding the relevance of getting access to information in real time, the course will be delivered live and include interactive sessions providing you with a platform to engage with trainers and other delegates.

  • Modular approach

The course will run over 4 days with a total of 12 hours of tuition time.


John Richardson – Consultant, ICIS Asia

John Richardson – Consultant, ICIS Asia

John Richardson is a highly experienced trainer and chemicals industry analyst, who has been working in the industry for 18 years. Based in Asia-Pacific, John has a deep knowledge of the companies and people who have transformed the region into the world’s major production and consumption region. His aim is to provide insightful, factually-based analysis of the key issues facing the industry. His views are highly valued by senior executives, who appreciate his balanced and independent approach.

From 2006 until 2013, John was the Director for ICIS Training, where he successfully launched the business in the region, providing a wide range of courses covering petrochemicals, oil refining, fertilizers and base oils. He now works for the ICIS Consulting team. John has also co-authored an e-book, Boom, Gloom and the New Normal, with Paul Hodges of United Kingdom-based consultancy, International eChem. The book, which has been published by ICIS, examines how demographic factors and events in financial markets have reshaped the global economy. His Asian Chemical Connections blog has a wide regional and global readership.

Nigel Davis – Course Director, ICIS

Nigel Davis – Course Director, ICIS

Nigel has been part of the ICIS training team since its inception. A chemist by training, Nigel is Insight Editor with ICIS and contributes regularly to the 24-hour online chemicals news service.

Nigel has written about the chemical industry in many publications since 1979, including news and company magazines, encyclopaedias and specialist reports. For 13 years he wrote and edited the newsletter Chemical Insight. He presents regularly at conferences and training events and has widely shared his understanding of the sector.

Nigel is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and through the RSA takes a general interest in industry and business matters.

Jane Massingham – Deputy Managing Editor – Europe, ICIS

Jane Massingham – Deputy Managing Editor Europe, ICIS

Jane is Deputy Managing Editor at ICIS and currently covers some of the propylene derivative markets. Since joining ICIS in the Paris office in 1993, Jane has covered a plethora of petrochemical markets in Europe.

These have included 12 years on the MTBE and gasoline components markets that moved daily and was integral in launching “real time” price alert service (a service ahead of its time in the late 1990s). Jane currently manages a small team of editors while continuing to cover the ACN, Oxo’s and Plasticizer markets.

Nazif Nazmul - Markets Editor, ICIS

Nazif Nazmul – Markets Editor, ICIS

Nazif is a Markets Editor at ICIS with a keen interest on the energy transition. As a London-based markets editor at ICIS since 2019, he is driven by reporting on the latest economic, legislative, technological, and logistical developments in the European biofuels landscape.

Nazif completed his MA in International Political Economy from King’s College London in 2017 and has since covered biofuel market developments in Beijing and London.

Nazif works closely on monitoring the evolution of biofuels and biochemicals markets, and is committed to identifying and gaining a better understanding of the emerging role of such commodities in the global energy transition.

James Ray – Senior Consultant, ICIS

James has worked in the plastics industry, for private equity firms in manufacturing, and recycling, with roles in operations, engineering, sales, purchasing, and general management. Since 2012, James has worked with ICIS Consulting. He has business advisory experience in multiple areas such as:

• ICIS Consulting on multi-billion dollar investments
• Sales & Purchasing Contract advisory over billions of dollars in sales & purchases
• Supply & demand analysis, price forecasting
• Planning, scheduling & management of key projects
• Operation cost modelling & activity based costing systems
• Quality systems management, assessment/adjustment

James is also a regular speaker at industry conferences and other training courses at ICIS, and holds a six sigma black belt in lean manufacturing.

Bespoke Training Solutions

ICIS works alongside our customers to create bespoke training courses that mould our expertise and your specific needs. We’ll pinpoint the current expertise of your employees, areas for improvement, and your business goals, and develop a training course that will bring tangible benefits to your business.

Our custom training courses are delivered as interactive workshops, focusing on the products, concepts and issues that are most relevant and beneficial to you.

  • Save money on transportation and accommodation, with training at a convenient location
  • Flexibility – you determine the length and duration of the sessions
  • Interactive workshops with hands-on exercises, to reinforce key skills, techniques and concepts
  • Take-away the course materials, presentations and background information for future reference

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